Tracey Emin Draws on Raw Emotional Power
“The Last Great Adventure is You” brings the artist home to the White Cube Gallery
by Maria Raposo
You either love her or you hate her. As polarizing as Tracey Emin’s work may be, it cannot be denied that she has helped change the landscape of contemporary British. Today the White Cube gallery opens one of the biggest shows of her career to the public, entitled “The Last Great Adventure is You”.
Famous for her storytelling, Tracey Emin knows how to engage the viewer with raw and honest explorations of her deepest emotions. Exposing personal details of her life, including rape, drug abuse and masturbation, through her works, Emin creates an intimate connection with the viewer that makes other artists appear aloof in comparison. She put herself on the map with controversial confessional works such as “My Bed”, which showed us her slept-in bed in all its embarrassing grandeur; covered with condom wrappers and underwear, tinged with body odor.
With such a big personality, Emin is known in some quarters as a bona fide celebrity and an outright diva, tipping the line of interest between fear and fascination.
In her current exhibition her distressed bronze female figures sit next to gangly fleshy painted female nudes and large neon works. The exhibition archives the contemplative nature of work by artist who has consistently examined her life with excoriating candour.
We look back at some of our favourite moments of the artist's career and works from her current exhibition.